Activities of own-account journalists and press photographers (

If you select a location, the contact details of the responsible Point of Single Contact and the responsible authority as well as locally valid information will be displayed.

The following formalities are performed by responsible authorities and can also be handled via the Point of Single Contact if necessary. Please specify the location via Change selection. If you choose "To the responsible Point of Single Contact for ..." (if available), the contact details of the responsible Point of Single Contact are displayed. The contact details of the competent authority/-ies are displayed after choosing the formality.

Other service-related formalities

Other service-related formalities

For taking-up and pursuit of a service the following service-related formalities, which CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact, must be obeyed:

  • Social security for self-employed artists and publicists, registration

    Für freie Journalistinnen und Journalisten/Pressefotografinnen/Pressefotografen besteht eine Versicherungspflicht in der Künstlersozialkasse. In den ersten drei Jahren der Berufsausübung muss kein bestimmter Gewinn erzielt werden. Danach muss ein Mindestgewinn von € 3.900,00 jährlich bzw. € 325,00 monatlich erzielt werden. Die Versicherung in der Künstlersozialkasse führt dazu, dass der Journalist in der Renten-/Kranken- und Pflegeversicherung pflichtversichert ist. Eine Arbeitslosenversicherung besteht nicht, Beiträge hierzu müssen nicht gezahlt werden.

  • Copyrights; commissioning a collecting society or applying for a usage license

    Authors of literary, scientific and artistic works enjoy protection for their works in accordance with the Copyright Act. Accordingly, the author has, among other things, the exclusive right to publicly reproduce his work.

Formalities relating to the employment of workers

Formalities relating to the employment of workers

If you would like to hire an employee you need to proceed with the following steps. These formalities CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact.

If the employment is terminated you also have to inform the authorities where the employee has been registered.

  • Posting of workers to Germany; registration and other obligations

    When posting employees to Germany, the Employee Posting Act must be observed. This law obliges both employers based in Germany and employers based abroad who employ workers in Germany to comply with statutory and, in certain sectors, collectively agreed working conditions. In addition, employers are subject to further obligations.

Characteristics and key concepts of the service

This service includes:

  • Activities of journalists
  • Activities of press photographers accompanying their photographs with text reports, with a principal focus on text reporting


  • Berichterstatter/innen, selbstständige (Journalistinnen und Journalisten)
  • Fernsehberichterstatter/innen, selbstständige
  • Feuilletonist(en/innen), selbstständige
  • Hörfunkberichterstatter/innen, selbstständige
  • Korrespondenten, selbstständige
  • Reiseberichterstatter/innen (Reiseberichte, in selbstständiger Tätigkeit)
  • Reporter/innen, selbstständige (Journalistinnen und Journalisten)
  • Rundfunkberichterstatter/innen, selbstständige
  • Sportberichterstatter
  • Tätigkeiten von selbstständigen Journalist(en/innen), Pressefotograf(en/innen), sofern sie ihre Fotos selbst mit Textberichten versehen und die Textberichterstattung im Vordergrund steht
  • Zeitungsberichterstatter/innen (Journalistinnen und Journalisten), selbstständige